Polystyrene ban in Pittsfield, Mass.?By Don Loepp | April 2, 2013 11:06 am ET | Comments
It comes as a bit of a surprise that Pittsfield, Mass. -- a city that has a long association with the plastics industry -- is considering banning polystyrene food service containers.The Berkshire Eagle newspaper reported the news today, "Pittsfield hears opening arguments on proposed plastic foam ban." According to news reports, Rinaldo Del Gallo, a local attorney, is petitioning the city to ban PS. He's making the typical arguments -- that PS is hard to recycle, that alternative products like paper are better, and that there are chemical safety issues with polystyrene.Dart Container Corp. is leading the fight against the ban.